Historic image of the Latta house before it burned down

Parks

Latta University Historic Park Master Plan

The project area is located at 1001 Parker Street and occupies approximately two acres of land in the historic Oberlin neighborhood. The property comprises the remnant land area of Latta University founded in 1892, and the site of the former Latta residence, destroyed by fire in 2007. The university was an African-American coeducational institution founded by the Reverend Latta, a freed enslaved person and teacher, to educate underprivileged and orphan children in Raleigh’s Black community.  

Project Details

 
Type:
Parks
Budget:
$85,000
Contractors:
Historic Resources & Museum Advisory Board

Pre-Approval

This phase is complete.

Planning

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. The Latta Master Plan is uploaded for review at https://www.publicinput.com/latta

On Jan. 22, 2020, the Historic Resources and Museum Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend the Latta University Historic Park Master Plan to City Council. The project team presented the plan to City Council on March 3, 2020. Since the site is a Raleigh Historic Landmark, the Master Plan requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission. The project team presented to the COA Committee on Feb. 27, 2020. 

 

Design

On March 3, 2020, the City of Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to approve the Latta University Historic Park Master Plan!

On February 27, 2020, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission granted the Latta University Historic Park Master Plan a Certificate of Appropriateness with the following conditions:

  1. There will be no demolition delay for the removal of the trees.
  2. That archaeological guidance be received from the Office of State Archaeology and submitted to RHDC staff prior to plan implementation
  3. That new COA application(s) be filed for the new landscape and hardscape features; design and materials of the new architectural elements including a pavilion, signage, and other miscellaneous features.

The Latta University Historic Park Master Plan is uploaded at https://www.publicinput.com/latta

Next, we will be starting the schematic design for phase one implementation. Stay tuned for periodic updates as we move forward with this exciting park project.

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Complete

Phase details coming soon.


Schedule

Date Activity
Winter 2018 Situation Assessment
Spring 2019 - Fall 2019 Public Process
November 19, 2019 Raleigh Historic Development Commission
November 20, 2019 Historic Resources & Museum Advisory Board Review
November 25, 2019 Design Review Advisory Committee
January 22, 2020 Historic Resources & Museum Advisory Board Action
February 27, 2020 Certificate of Appropriateness Committee
March 3, 2020 City Council
April - December 2020 Schematic Design
2021 Permitting, Bidding, and Start Construction

History

A former enslaved person on the Cameron Plantation, Rev. M.L. Latta was one of Shaw University’s first graduates. The Latta House was the last remaining historical landmark of the original 26 structures that comprised Latta University. The Latta House was designated a Raleigh Historic Landmark in 1993 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Unfortunately, the Latta House was destroyed by fire in 2007.

In January 2009 an archaeological survey began at the site of the former Reverend M.L. Latta House and University. The Raleigh Historic Districts Commission (RHDC) worked with City Parks and Recreation staff and Environmental Services, Inc. to complete the archaeological survey. On Aug. 4, 2009, the Raleigh City Council accepted the archaeological report as presented by the RHDC and the consultant.

The Raleigh Historic Districts Commission administered the archaeological survey for the City of Raleigh. The investigation was conducted to recover artifacts and data from the Latta House and accessory buildings, additional buildings related to the University, an old well located on the property, and other site features. A comprehensive analysis of the site yielded new information regarding the history and prior land-use of the University and residence. Based on findings, the consultant, Environmental Services, Inc., recommended that the site be reinstated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

On July 6, 2010, City Council adopted an ordinance designating the Latta House and University Site as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

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